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S3 Entertainment Group Launches Michigan Film Finance

Sun, 01/11/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

S3 Entertainment Group has announced the launch of Michigan Film Finance a company to collaborate with producers and out-of-state lenders in financing films maximizing the film production incentive tax credit and creating new jobs in Michigan. Currently Michigan Film Finance is the only Michigan-based company financing the state’s film incentive. Productions can receive up to a 42 percent rebate on interest and other financing costs paid to Michigan Film Finance. The company created a local investment fund to provide the financing to these films.

Bollywood Meets Hollywood in Digital Production Era



Sun, 01/11/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

India is building a new cultural legacy—the movie business. Bollywood releases 1 000 films annually approximately 10 times what Hollywood produces each year. And like Hollywood more and more of Bollywood’s films are going digital.

Despite its prolific output the film business in this movie-obsessed society of more than a billion people is just getting geared up.

3D in the Home - How Close Are We?

Fri, 01/09/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

A new video from the Stereoscopic Displays and Applications conference has just been placed online.  At the January 2007 Stereoscopic Displays and Applications conference Lenny Lipton and his guests discussed the topic of 3D in the home and how close we are to achieving this goal.  Mark Fihn from the 3rd Dimension Newsletter Brett Bryars from the United States Display Consortium Art Berman from Insight Media and Steven Smith from VREX shared their views of how and when we will see 3D in the Home. Click here to view the video.

Barco Sonic Equipment to Bring Digital Cinema to B&B Theatres

Fri, 01/09/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

B&B Theatres in Liberty Missouri has begun construction on a new eight screen all digital cinema in Hannibal Missouri. This is the first all digital theatre project for B&B theatres the 22nd largest theatre chain in the United States.  Sonic Equipment Company the exclusive systems supplier for B&B Theatres and many other independent theatres across the Midwest is using Barco’s newest DP-1200 projectors as part of the installation.

A Watershed Moment

Fri, 01/09/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

The single most exciting moment in the development of digital cinema will take place next week when a group of school children gather at their local movie theatre for an experience that is quite literally out of this world. On Wednesday morning January 21st students from several nearby schools will take their seats at Galaxy Theatres in Gig Harbor Washington and participate in a live twenty-minute question-and-answer session with Expedition 18 astronauts Mike Fincke and Sandra Magnus from the International Space Station.

Centro to use Asia’s First DVS ProntoXway for 3D Projects

Fri, 01/09/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Hong Kong animation and visual effects studio Centro Digital Pictures has installed the Asia Pacific Region's first DVS ProntoXway. The post house is utilizing the multi-channel disk recorder for the implementation of 3D applications and high-resolution presentations. The DVS disk recorder enables the post house to create images using uncompressed data material. With ProntoXway the editors at Centro are now able to process image data in real time and prepare it for playback. With two video channels the playback of stereoscopic content is easily possible using only a single DVS system.

The Importance of Movement

Fri, 01/09/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

By Donald L. Vasicek In order to write sell and get your screenplays produced in Hollywood you need to write openings that Hollywood utilizes to attract audiences. When you watch movies produced by studios and mainstream production companies and producers what you usually see in the opening is movement. This could be movement across a body of water with the POV of the camera aimed at a skyline of a city or someone walking someone running a moving vehicle etc.

Dadi First in China to Use Barco’s DP-1200 Projector

Fri, 01/09/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Dadi Digital Cinema Development will be the first to deploy Barco’s DP-1200 digital cinema projector in China. The DP-1200 is designed for small screen environments. Dadi Cinema Development is a subsidiary of Dadi Culture & Media Group which is composed of a corporate group of media and technology companies. The group’s businesses focus on motion pictures releases the digital cinema construction and the development of new media.

War Wolves

Fri, 01/09/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Digital Jungle Completes Horror Film Project Hollywood’s Digital Jungle recently completed an HD 1080P 23.98 project for War Wolves a Sci-Fi channel film due out later this year.  Acting as the film’s post-production supervisor Digital Jungle helped manage the offline executed the online assembly provided color correction visual effects for hands to claws in addition to the growing and morphing of fangs/ mouth and all other various deliverables.    Picked up by the Sci-Fi channel for an early ’09 airdate War Wolves is led by John Saxton who plays Jack Ford.  Jack leads a special-f

Doremi to Integrate RealD 3D EQ in Digital Cinema Servers

Fri, 01/09/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

RealD and Doremi have reached an agreement to integrate RealD’s proprietary 3D EQ technology in Doremi’s digital cinema servers. This new feature will be available on all new Doremi servers beginning in March; existing Doremi servers will be updated in all RealD installations at that time.
  “RealD’s 3D EQ technology significantly improves the viewing of 3D cinema features ” says Joshua Greer president and cofounder of RealD. “Traditionally this process is incorporated into the master by our studio partners.

A Labor of Puppy Love

Fri, 01/09/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Producers Use New Technology to Create a Series of Movies on a Tight Schedule Offhollywood a digital cinema company based in New York City recently completed production on a series of movies called Puppy Love that were sponsored by automaker Lexus and designed in part to raise funds for the American Society to Prevent Cruelty to Animals. Writer-producer Amy B. Harris and other Sex and the City writers created the program.

IndiePix Announces Partnerships with iTunes Film Distributor Dogwoof

Fri, 01/09/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

IndiePix has announced an exclusive partnership with Apple iTunes. At the same time IndiePix also announced a strategic partnership with Dogwoof the UK film distributor specializing in independent films and world cinema. The iTunes agreement which was brokered through New Video an independent film and collectible television series distributor will enable film lovers to download independent movies straight to their iPods or iPhones. The alliance with Dogwoof will enable IndiePix to extend its film distribution across the UK and enable Dogwoof to distribute its titles into America.

Enabling the Disabled to See Movies

Fri, 01/09/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

By Michael Karagosian One of the possible benefits of digital cinema is access for those with visual and auditory disabilities.  Film technologies for access are proprietary and expensive.  New technologies promise improved and lower cost methods for media access in public places.  Digital cinema can provide the means to bring these new methods into the theatre environment and much effort is being directed towards making this happen.

Tapeless Workflow in 4K

Fri, 01/09/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Codex Digital Unveils Transfer Station Codex Digital has introduced the Codex Transfer Station which combines with the Codex Portable to deliver what the company calls “today’s most advanced tapeless workflow for digital cinema.” The Codex Portable now shipping enables tapeless workflow recording anything from SD video to 4K data. Designed for ‘run and gun’ production around a set or on location it can capture up to five continuous hours of 4:4:4 cinema footage or eight hours of HD plus audio and metadata.

Prime Time

Fri, 01/09/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

The Maiden Heist was completed at Prime Focus Group Facilities Frantic Films VFX Post Logic Studios and Prime Focus London all Prime Focus Group companies completed visual effects the main title sequence and the digital intermediate for the forthcoming feature film The Maiden Heist from Yari Film Group Releasing. Together the facilities contributed 125 shots and the main title sequence for the Peter Hewitt-directed film written by Michael LeSieur which stars Morgan Freeman Christopher Walken William H. Macy and Marcia Gay Harden.

No More Cut and Splice

Fri, 01/09/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Denmark's Dansk Reklame Film Adopts Digital Cinema Advertising Danish cinema advertising company Dansk Reklame Film has adopted Scala to deliver digital movie theater advertising to cinemas throughout Denmark. DRF produces advertising videos and stills in approximate 90 percent of all Danish cinema theatres: 52 cinemas with 235 cinema theatres in total. Traditionally DRF employees literally cut and spliced advertising film rolls onto movie rolls so the advertisement could be displayed before the movie.

48HFP Tour to Begin at April’s NAB Show

Fri, 01/09/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

NAB Show organizers and the 48 Hour Film Project announced that the 2009 48HFP tour will begin at the NAB Show in Las Vegas in April. The 48HFP competition established in 2001 promotes filmmaking creativity and teamwork by providing participants with a compelling topic and prop and giving them two days to write shoot and edit their film. More than 35 000 filmmakers from 75 cities will participate in the 2009 48HFP competition. The tour will officially begin with the Las Vegas city competition which kicks off at 7 p.m. on Friday April 17.

NBA All-Star Event to be Shown Live in 3D on 160 US Movie Screens

Fri, 01/09/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Turner Sports The National Basketball Association and Cinedigm Digital Cinema have announced that they will team up to broadcast TNT's coverage of NBA All-Star Saturday Night February 14th in live 3D to 80 digitally-equipped theaters across the United States. The companies say the announcement represents the first-ever fully marketed deal to deliver an NBA sporting event to the public in live 3D. The live 3D HD event will be shown on a nationwide basis and continues to expand the league's groundbreaking efforts in 3D HD.

The Great Camera Shootout

Fri, 01/09/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

When DP Joe Stunzi came to Chicago to test all of the new HD cameras on the market against each other he initially had hopes of making a short video using the new Canon 5D Mark II. However Zacuto’s Steve Weiss Jens Bogehegn and Scott Lynch decided that another 5D MKII fluff piece is not what was needed. We needed to see the 5DMKII in relation to other cameras says Weiss.  So the Great Camera Shootout of '08 was born. In this video you will hear the four men discuss what they liked and disliked about each of the HD cameras and DOF adapters.

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